‘Greenwashing’ just more of the same old BS

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan published in Metro Canada

It ain’t easy being green.

Or maybe it’s too easy. According to one source, 95.6 per cent of all “green” consumer products make at least one dubious claim about their environmental purity.

Quick, point me to the aisle where they keep the other 4.4 per cent.

It’s called “greenwashing” and it’s out of control if you believe an environmental marketing firm called TerraChoice.   … read full story

Marc Emery for the Quaids in a straight-up swap

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan published in Metro Vancouver

Another day, another interesting refugee turns up in Vancouver.

First it was the Tamil migrants who freaked the federal government out so much they’ve introduced a law to prevent it from ever happening again.

Now it’s Hollywood character actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, who are seeking refuge from the United States because they’re afraid if they stay, they’ll be murdered by an evil cabal known as Star Whackers. Famous whackees to date allegedly include Heath Ledger and David Carradine.   … read full story.

Invasion of the smartphone zombie horde

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan published in Metro Canada

It’s now an article of faith – after numerous studies prove it to be so – that texting, talking and even listening on your cell phone while driving is even more dangerous than driving while drunk.

That, of course, doesn’t prevent people from texting, talking or listening while driving, even when it’s illegal: OMG! I’m gonna crash.   … read full story

How low can Gordon Campbell go?

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan published in Metro Vancouver

How do you feel? You’re the premier of the province. You wake up and the first thing you see is a headline that says, in 160-point type, you have the support of nine per cent of the people.

It’s enough to make you choke on your muesli.   … read full story

Hitchens and Blair ready for showdown in Toronto

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro Canada

Toronto has become quite the staging ground for what’s left of western culture.

First, we had Hollywood North, a.k.a. the Toronto International Film Festival, which rivals, and may even surpass, Cannes for celebrity sightings.

Now we have Oxford West, in which two famous Brits will go at it hammer and tong over this $64,000 question: “Be it resolved, religion is a force of good for the world.”  …read full story

City hall should slow down on bike lane ambitions

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan published in Metro Vancouver

After this week, I bet we’re going to have a shiny new separate lane just for bikes on busy Hornby Street, whether we like it or not.

There are lots of people in the “not” category, including 97 per cent of the businesses along Hornby. That’s according to Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, one of – but not the only – business organization opposed to the plan to remove 158 parking spaces and build barriers to protect cyclists and motorists from each other.   … read full story